With the construction of over 600 fish ponds, the County Government of Uasin Gishu has intensified its fish farming by putting up a model fish pond at the Fisheries Offices to be used for training purposes of both potential and fish farmers who visit the Offices seeking technical advice.
According to the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Samuel Yego, the move by the County Government to have a hatchery at the University of Eldoret has increased the numbers of fish ponds from 200 to over 600.
Speaking during a site visit of the model fish pond, Yego said that fish production have since increased from 100,000 kgs to over 330,000kgs annually due to increased value addition and marketing.
Chief Officer for Livestock Development and Fisheries Dr. Victoria Tarus said that the fisheries extension officers are working on the construction of a 5×7 metres model fish pond, an exercise that began with pegging and efficient setting of diagonals using the bisection method.
Dr. Victoria further added that the section has several students on attachment and internship who are gaining practical experience on pond site selection, pond design and construction therefore the exercise has also provided an excellent team-building opportunity.